The Sheridan Center’s Teaching Consultants (TCs) take a leading role in conducting the Center’s Teaching Observations, Presentation Consultations and Microteaching Sessions. Through the Center’s Certificate IV: Teaching Consultant Program, TCs receive professional training in the development and application of peer observation and feedback skills, and in the development of leadership and discussion facilitation skills.
TCs are selected from members of the Brown teaching community who have earned Certificate I and have a demonstrated commitment to teaching and constructive pedagogical exchange. Some TCs may have also completed the Center’s Certificate II and/or III Programs. See the Certificate IV Program page of our website for more information or to register for the Teaching Consultant Program.
Through the Teaching Consultants Invited Speaker Program, each year the Teaching Consultants have an opportunity to invite an inspiring professor to Brown to give a lecture and share insights from his or her own pedagogical practice.
Head Teaching Consultants
Two experienced Teaching Consultants act as the Center's Head Teaching Consultants: one from the Humanities and Social Sciences, and one from the Life and Physical Sciences, and both usually serve in this role for two years. The Head Teaching Consultants work with the Director of the Certificate IV Program to co-facilitate training sessions, mentor peers, and facilitate communication and feedback between the Sheridan Center and the Teaching Consultant community.
Humanities and Social Sciences
Alexandra Collins Mathwig
Alexandra Collins Mathwig is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art and Architecture. She studies the history of photography, with a particular focus on contemporary American subjects. Her dissertation focuses on John Szarkowski's tenure as Director of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York from 1962 to 1991. At the Sheridan Center, she has completed Certificates I, II, III, and IV and this is her fourth year as a Teaching Consultant.
Life and Physical Sciences
Ryan Maloney is a sixth-year year Ph.D. Candidate in Neuroscience who studies the neural circuits underlying the perception of brightness in the early visual system. He has been involved in the Sheridan Center since 2011, and has completed Certificates I, II, III, IV and V. This is Ryan's fifth year as a Teaching Consultant for the center and third year as head TC.
Humanities and Social Sciences
Jen Thum is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World. She studies ancient Egyptian rock reliefs and the landscapes in which they were sited. Jen has been involved with the Sheridan Center since 2013, and has completed Certificates I and IV. This is her third year as a Teaching Consultant.
Senior Teaching Consultants
Teaching Consultants who have completed Certificate IV may choose to continue serving as TCs and will be promoted to Senior Teaching Consultant. In this capacity, they will have the opportunity to continue their professional development and further enhance their curriculum vitae. Senior Teaching Consultants are expected to attend the first fall training workshop and the winter and spring professional development workshops, and to complete a minimum of 8 Teaching Observations for the academic year.